Research Library: Conservation

Conservation outcomes include activities that aim to improve the quality and health of the environment. Studies focused on conservation outcomes report both direct improvements to the environment (such as habitat restoration or improved water quality) and indirect outcomes that contribute to conservation goals (such as connecting more people to nature or fostering pro-environmental behaviors).

Below you can search and find research summaries related to the health of the environment, pro-environmental behaviors and behavior change, and connectedness to nature.

Conservation

'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program

Integrating cognitive and emotional goals in environmental education program significantly improved affinity toward nature

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Cho, Y., & Lee, D.. (2018). 'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program. Environmental Education Research, 24(3), 445-460. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1279277
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"We can keep the fire burning": Building action competence through environmental justice education in Uganda and Germany

Multi-national projects can be effective in building on cultural and social diversity to help young people become confident and capable environmental actors

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Adolescents' experience and knowledge of, and attitudes toward, bees: Implications and recommendations for conservation

Students who engage in gardening and lawn-care activities gain understanding and develop positive attitudes toward bees

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Evaluating the role of protected natural areas for environmental education in Italy

Protected Natural Areas as a Setting for Changing Environmental Attitudes

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Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand

Understanding Community Needs Can Help Design Better Engagement Programs

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Tyson, B., Unson, C., & Edgar, N.. (2017). Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 16(3), 186 - 195. presented at the 2017/07/03/. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1333049
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Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours

Positive childhood experiences in nature are associated with pro-environmental attitudes in adults, but not necessarily with environmentally-friendly behaviors

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Broom, C. (2017). Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 33(1), 34-47. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aee.2017.1
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'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability

Children’s ideas about sustainability are developed through experiential, investigative, sensorial and place-oriented ways of learning

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Green, M. (2017). 'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability. Childhood, 24(2), 151-167. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568216649672
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Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance

Engaging children as “agents of change” for the environment should be based on a consideration of structural and relational dimensions of environmental knowledge transmission

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Walker, C. (2017). Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance. Children & Society, 31, 72-83. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12192
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Pedagogical school gardens as a Food and Nutrition Education strategy: Perception of parents and educators of their impact on children's diets

Children and families experience dietary benefits of school gardens

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Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives

Nature play program provided families with enriched connections with each other and with nature, while also promoting the development and well-being of children and their parents

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Ward, T., Goldingay, S., & Parson, J.. (2017). Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents' perspectives. Early Child Development and Care. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1317764
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The contributions of familial and environmental factors to children's connection with nature and outdoor activities

Parental characteristics and attitudes predict children’s connection with nature and outdoor activities

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Ahmetoglu, E. (2017). The contributions of familial and environmental factors to children's connection with nature and outdoor activities. Early Child Development and Care. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1314273
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Social preference-based valuation of the links between home gardens, ecosystem services, and human well-being in Lefke Region of North Cyprus

Home gardens are valued for the ecosystem services they provide in promoting human health and well-being

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Are some natural environments more psychologically beneficial than others? The importance of type and quality on connectedness to nature and psychological restoration

Some natural environments are more psychologically beneficial than others

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Mechanisms of children's exposure to nature: Predicting adulthood environmental citizenship and commitment to nature-based activities

Children’s self-exposure to nature is a strong predictor of adulthood environmental citizenship and a lifelong commitment to nature-based activities

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'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school

Children’s deep emotional connection with nature generates a strongly protective disposition

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Rios, C., & Menezes, I.. (2017). 'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school. Environmental Education Research, 23(10), 1402-1413. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1325450
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Connecting students to nature – how intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs

The Importance of Age and Duration of Exposure in Outdoor Education Programs

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Connecting students to nature – How intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs

Both student age and length of time in natural surroundings influence positive changes in connectedness to nature

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Braun, T., & Dierkes, P.. (2017). Connecting students to nature – How intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs. Environmental Education Research, 23(7), 937-949. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2016.1214866
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Development and validation of two scales to measure elaboration and behaviors associated with stewardship in children

Newly-developed assessment tools show high potential for evaluating the outcomes of environmental education programs

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Vezeau, S. L., Powell, R. B., Stern, M. J., Moore, D. D., & Wright, B. A.. (2017). Development and validation of two scales to measure elaboration and behaviors associated with stewardship in children. Environmental Education Research, 23(2), 192-213. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2015.1121377
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Eco-school evaluation beyond labels: The impact of environmental policy, didactics and nature at school on student outcomes

Active teaching methods, environmental education policy, and the presence and use of natural green elements impact eco-schools’ environmental education outcomes

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Environmental action and student environmental leaders: Exploring the influence of environmental attitudes, locus of control, and sense of personal responsibility

Predictors of pro-environmental behavior in adults overlap with, but aren’t the same, as predictors of environmental action in youth

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Environmental action and student environmental leaders: exploring the influence of environmental attitudes, locus of control, and sense of personal responsibility

Classroom Audiovisual Aids Can Help Children Learn About Pollution

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Getting to know nature: Evaluating the effects of the Get to Know Program on children's connectedness to nature

The key to enhancing children’s connectedness with nature may be a focus on nature itself

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Bruni, C. M., Winter, P. L., Schultz, P. W., Omoto, A. M., & Tabanico, J. J.. (2017). Getting to know nature: Evaluating the effects of the Get to Know Program on children's connectedness to nature. Environmental Education Research, 23(1), 43-62. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2015.1074659
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Getting to know nature: evaluating the effects of the Get to Know Program on children’s connectedness with nature

Building Connectedness to Nature: An Evaluation of Three Get to Know Programs

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Immigrant children promoting environmental care: enhancing learning, agency and integration through culturally-responsive environmental education

Immigrant Students Can Facilitate Environmental Learning Between Teachers and Families

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The interplay among environmental attitudes, pro-environmental behavior, social identity, and pro-environmental institutional climate. A longitudinal study

No Single Psychological Factor Can Predict Pro-Environmental Behavior

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Nature-based environmental education of children: Environmental knowledge and connectedness to nature, together, are related to ecological behaviour

While connectedness to nature and environmental knowledge, together, promote ecological behavior, connectedness to nature is the stronger motivator

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Create, control and have territories or secret places: A comparative study of children's play territoriality in their daily outdoor environments between Beijing's urban village and modern residential areas

Natural areas are the most common play territories for children from different living environments

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